Tuesday, July 24, 2012

do. Good

Guess what?  It's our birthday!  do. Good Stitches {a charity bee} is two years old right about now.  The Love circle, which launched this time last year, just 10 women wanting to do some good with our passion for quilting, is still going strong...albeit with a lot of new faces.  In fact, I just made some blocks today for a quilt led by Deborah (littlemamaD), who's leading a Love circle quilt for the first time this month.

for do. Good Stitches

She asked for "Converging Corners" blocks (designed by Ashley of Film in the Fridge) in red, blue and yellow, with a pop of gray.  Her color mosaic is drop dead gorgeous.  Yes?

do. Good Stitches July color inspiration

I know!  What a way to inspire us all.  I guess it's fair to say that the fastest way to my fabricy heart is through color.

Converging Corners

Converging Corners is a clever twist on the log cabin block.  A cool burst of print emerges where the blocks meet.  Smart one that Ashley!  And smart of Deborah to use an already-awesome resource! There are so many great quilt tutorials out there and everyone's happy to see them used for a charity quilt.  Makes being a "quilter" in do. Good Stitches as easy as you'd like, design-wise.

July Love circle blocks

do. Good Stitches is an international charity quilting bee, managed online through Flickr.  We're always growing!  It's up to 19 circles (190 members) and always another circle in the works via the wait list.  If you're a quilter who enjoys working in a modern style and is ready to participate via Flickr, you can register to join through this form.  Quilting to comfort others has a long, long history.  It's awesome to see that legacy continue on in the online world!

I don't share these very often, but I am so proud of the quilts our many circles have made.  Here are a few finished recently...

I Spy Snowballs finished!
I Spy Snowball by Joy Circle, quilted by Fiona @ Poppy Makes
do Good Stitches Quilt
Making Links by Cherish Circle, quilted by Handmade Retro
retro flowers
Retro Flowers by Love Circle, quilted by Ara Jane

Hexing Around Quilt 2
Hexing Around by Imagine Circle, quilted by A Bright Corner
by Harmony Circle, quilted by Diane {from blank pages}

Our quilts are donated through all sorts of charities, local and far flung, mainly given to children living through painful situations.  But, you know, I also feel sure they touch the lives of many adults who are encouraged beyond words to see that "good" is alive.   

There are lots of reasons why people choose to join do. Good Stitches.  And they're all good!  Personally, I acted out of the quiet urging of my God who wants nothing more than to show His love (which is Himself) to every living thing.  That's just my motivation.  I certainly don't mean to push it on anyone else.  And, I hope you don't mind that I've mentioned it here.

"Now's the time for us to rise
and carry hope and let love shine
and show this world that mercy is alive"

Have you heard that chorus?  It's titled "The Church" and touches on what the church is supposed to be.  Things rarely go that well, overall, but singing these words on Sunday, a big part of me felt a huge gladness, a gladness to be a part of that movement to carry hope and love and mercy to a world in need.  Just a little bit, through do. Good Stitches.

And I'm honored by each of you that joins me!


  1. I'm amazed at how awesome you all are with your generosity and time. Happy birthday to your group!

  2. Happy Birthday! I can't wait to send the July quilt off once I get it quilted! This has literally been one of the best quilting groups I have every joined so Thank You so much!!

  3. These are all so gorgeous. You really are doing. Good for so many families. Well done!

  4. The quilts and your motivation are simply wonderful!

  5. What a great collection of quilts! =D

  6. oooooh, gorgeous quilts, gorgeous blocks, so much eye candy! Happy birthday!!!!

  7. what a lovely colorful quilts!

  8. So amazing! I'm really looking forward to being a part of this!

  9. Happy Birthday!!! I am so thrilled that I am just one of the many hands that touches the lives of these children through the quilts that are created. -Kristy (Trust Circle)

  10. Don't mind you mentioning your faith at all in that quiet way. A real faith should be suffused in/motivate all we do, so it makes sense to acknowledge that every now and then, or we're not being true to who we are and what we're made for.

  11. wow, two years! i was so touched, reading this post. and so happy you were moved to start do. good stitches. i've been thrilled to be a part of it for these past two years. thank you, rachel, for all the good you do!

  12. I am so glad to be a part of this group!! There is nothing more rewarding than knowing you are helping someone! Thanks for all you do :)

  13. Happy Birthday, Do. Good Stitches!! It's great to see all of these lovely quilts and to think of how many people care enough to contribute to them! You're doing good work here :)

  14. Rachel, this is wonderful, and I love hearing about the faith that motivated you to start it. When my life calms down a little, I'd love to get involved with do. good. stitches!

  15. I work in a children's hospital and see how generous local ladies are with their craftiness. I wish the ladies could be there when our patients receive their gifts. Many patients have gone through horrific treatments and procedures, it's so nice to give them a bit of comfort in a way of a quilt or small toy. I can't express enough gratitude to you and your sewing circle. Please mention it often..maybe it would encourage more ladies to participate :)

  16. I really enjoyed my first go 'round as a member of the 'Cheer' Circle. :) So glad to be a part of such a great group of ladies, working for the good of others, through a common obsession...I mean interest. ;) I have always felt that we should use the talents God blesses us with to bring comfort and aide to those in need.

    Thanks for starting something amazing!!!

  17. Happy birthday do.Good Stitches! I am very happy to be a small part of it via the Care Circle, which is an amazing bunch of women. The quilts you have showcased are just beautiful.

  18. I always enjoy seeing the quilts come together! I think the converging corners one will be so lovely.

  19. beautiful - the purpose and the quilts!

  20. it feels so good to be a part of this group! xo

  21. Filled out a new member form! Would love to be a part of this!

  22. I am so thankful to be apart of this wonderful organization! So glad you acted on this, I know it brings Him Glory!


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